This tutorial assumes you have Gimp installed on your computer. Let's get started.
☺Fire up Gimp.
To have a working space, go to File, New, choose to make the background Transparent.
Create a selection that is 400 x 600 pxls.
☺Choose the Rectangle tool and draw a selection that almost fills your entire work area (We want a nice-sized tag).
The position should be 13 x 10 pxls. The size 613 x 381 pxls.
☺Now go to the Toolbox and while your selection is active, click on Rounded corners (in the Rectangle Select Menu, and move the Radius lever until the rounded corners' size is 24.0)
Select the Blend Tool, and go through the Menu of the Blend Tool until you find Golden, choose it.
Make sure the Gradient is set to a linear shape. Make a straight gradient by drawing it with your mouse from the top of your rounded box to the bottom of it.
☺Go to Select, None.
Now choose the Rectangle tool again and make a new rounded corners rectangle inside of the one you just made.
The position should be 26 x 28 and the size should be 589 x 334 pxls.
☺Go to Layer, New Layer, and picking the Bucket tool, fill the selection with White.
☺Go to Select, Shrink and shrink the selection by 10 pxls.
☺Go to the Bucket Tool again and choose Pattern fill. You can now fill the new selection with any pattern you like (Gimp brings some but you can download a lot of free patterns from the net.)
I choose a pattern of white polka dots on a gold background. Go to Select, None.
You can use your tag as is.
☺But if you want to write on a solid colored background, simply draw another rectangle with rounded corners inside the pattern fill.
☺Its position should be 58 x 56. Size 526 x 275 pxls.
☺Fill your new selection with White and then go to Filters, Blur, to soften everything up.
☺Save it as a Png and you can start using your tag!
☺You now have an easy but fancy looking tag for your new scrapping project.
This tag will have as many different looks at the patterns you use to fill the background! Experiment, have fun. Donwload some free patterns from the web and adapt them to your next project!
There are many fun ways in which you can learn to make your own tags, stretch your scrapbooking budget and also enjoy your creativity. This tag is very easy to make and you can change it in many ways, as you go on to learn the software a lot more.
This tutorial assumes that you have Gimp installed on your computer (a free software that can be downloaded online) and that you can at least understand the basics of how to use it. The tutorial is very simple, but it would be a good idea if you would go back and tied some of our previous tuts on Gimp and Inkscape as well.
►Fire up Gimp.
►Go to File, New and choose the size you want for your tag. For demonstration purposes, I will choose 640 x 400 px.
►Choose the rectangle tool and make a selection that fills your whole working area.
From the toolbox, choose the Bucket Tool, make sure the Foreground color is White and fill your selection with the color.
►Go to Select, Border.
When the little menu opens, make a border selection of 20 pixels and select the Lock selection to image edges, and click OK.
►Now go to Filters, Artistic, Cubism. When the menu opens, choose the following settings: Tile size: 2.0, Tile saturation: 2.5, and click OK.
Go to Filters, Artistic, Clothify and fill the edge with it. Then go to Filters, Decor, Fuzzy Border and choose a border size of 18, leave the rest of the selections as is.
►Now go to Colors, Colorize and give it any hue you like, by playing with the levers until you are happy with the results.
►If you want a transparent background for the edges of your tag so that you can add it to your scrapping projects, simply go to Layer, Transparency, and add an Alpha channel, then click the background with the little wand that is found on the top row of the Toolbox.
Then, when you have a fuzzy selection around your tag's background, hit Ctrl + X on your keyboard to "cut" the background. Then go to Filters, blur, to soften the edges.
Save as a PNG image.
You will now have a tag like this:
Now, go ahead and use it for a scrap page like I did here. Enjoy!
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